Apple may have won quite a few back to back court battles over patent infringement cases, but has had a “minor” setback in China. Ironically, the tech giant is accused of having infringed on the copyright of eight Chinese authors and two companies and has been ordered to pay 1.03 million yuan, or $165,000US, as fine for causing financial losses to the parties concerned.
The authors comprise of well known personalities such as Murong Xuecun, Li Chengpeng, and He Ma, whose works Apple has been accused of selling in large number via the official App store. The ruling was delivered by the Beijing Second Intermediate People’s Court, though the amount Apple has been ordered to shore up is far less than the 11.9 million yuan or US$1.9 million that the authors sought.
There has been no immediate reaction available from Apple, as it is closed for the holidays. Also, this isn’t the first time Apple has found itself in a legal tangle in China. A while ago, it got a taste of Chinese legal procedures for the use of term iPad itself, and now it’s a new issue that the California based company will have to deal with.